The Greatest Russian "Surrealism" Books Since 1980

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Surrealism

Surrealism is a genre of literature that explores the subconscious mind and the irrational aspects of human experience. It often features dreamlike imagery, unexpected juxtapositions, and a sense of the uncanny. Surrealist literature seeks to challenge conventional thinking and push the boundaries of reality, often blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. It is a genre that celebrates the power of the imagination and encourages readers to question their perceptions of the world around them.

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  1. 1. The Clay Machine-gun by Victor Pelevin

    "The Clay Machine-gun" is a surreal and complex novel that explores the nature of reality and illusion. The story is set in post-Soviet Russia and follows a protagonist who has multiple identities, including a poet in 19th-century Russia, a 20th-century psychiatric patient, and a 21st-century advertising executive. The narrative moves between these identities and realities, blurring the lines between them and creating a layered and philosophical exploration of Russian society, identity, and the human psyche.

    The 2073rd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya

    Set in a post-apocalyptic Russia, the story follows Benedikt, a scribe in a primitive society that has regressed to a feudal state after a catastrophic event known as "the Blast." The population suffers from various mutations and lives in fear of the mythical Slynx, a creature said to embody the dangers of the new world. As Benedikt navigates his harsh and superstitious environment, he begins to question the oppressive regime and the nature of knowledge and power, ultimately embarking on a journey of self-discovery and rebellion.

    The 6174th Greatest Book of All Time

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